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Thursday, 31 October 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I think that on the whole the Minister has done well, because Senator Guthrie is certainly fighting a strong case. He is basing his contention now on a very important principle, to which I beg to direct attention. He has quoted the award of a Court, and practically taken up the position that we must take the law from the Court. That is, I think, a principle which we should avoid. I hope that the Minister will not allow the decision of any Court to coerce our judgment. I hope that within its powers Parliament will always legislate for the Courts and the people of the country.

Motion agreed to ; amendment postponed.

House ofRep re sentatives' Amendment.- Omit " superintendent," insert " proper -authority."

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